Paul Tremblay

198 – Paul Tremblay & The Book is Better

Paul Tremblay returns to Talking Scared on a long orbit, like that fabled Planet X that’s going to kill us all. 

He’s back after two years for another discussion of horror aesthetics, introspective terrors and mixed-media nightmares – this time in Horror Movie, his meta-take on cursed cinema and lethal creativity. 

Horror Movie is about young filmmakers and the shoot that marks them all, even unto death. It’s also about the making of art, the machinery of fear and the cynicism of Hollywood. But beneath all that self-reflexive interrogation, it’s also just a damn creepy story. And Paul talks to me about all of it.

Note – there is jet lag aplenty in this episode. An arms race of confusion and forgetfulness. It makes for a good time. Bear with us.


Other books mentioned:

  • The Pallbearer’s Club (2022), by Paul Tremblay
  • A Head Full of Ghosts (2015), by Paul Tremblay
  • “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” (1966), by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Greasy Lake and Other Stories (1985), by T. C. Boyle
  • The Stand (1978/1990), by Stephen King
  • A Better World (2024), by Sarah Langan
  • Curdle Creek (2024), by Yvonne Battle-Felton

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